Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Mission, Vision, and Values

The Mission, Vision, and Values describe the essence of the Park Authority and guide the agency's decisions on policies, practice, and plans.


To enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.


Inspire a passion for parks, healthy lifestyles, and stewardship by providing a sustainable, dynamic, and inclusive park system to support a thriving community.


Enhance Stewardship

We are stewards for a wonderfully rich community trust of natural and cultural resources.  We will provide leadership to expand awareness, appreciation and protection of this heritage.

Foster Diversity

We embrace the diversity of our community and seek to provide every resident with a wide variety of park experiences and recreational opportunities.

Develop Partnerships

We believe seeking and maintaining active partnerships with neighborhood and community organizations and individuals are essential to becoming a vital and treasured component of the communities we serve.

Provide Quality and Value

We are committed to providing high quality facilities and services that offer superior value and prompt efficient service to our customers and the community.

Communicate Effectively

We strive for productive two-way communication with residents and our staff to allow all to participate fully in creating quality parks and services.

Value Our Workforce

We believe our paid and volunteer staff is the key ingredient to our success and commit to creating a participative, team-oriented organization including career development opportunities and meaningful recognition.

Demonstrate Fiscal Responsibility

We are committed to building and preserving a park system that meets the community’s needs in a cost effective, fiscally responsible manner.


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